Decisions about course modality have been made to uphold academic quality, intellectual integrity, and student and faculty needs while prioritizing health and safety. To accomplish this, courses are offered in no contact (i.e. online in synchronous or asynchronous formats), low contact hybrid (i.e. online with some face to face components), as well as low contact face to face (F2F) formats (with physical distancing and wearing of face covering.) The resultant fall schedule of classes provides comprehensive coursework in a range of modalities to meet diverse student learning needs.

Instructional Formats

As of July 2020, 90% of fall courses were scheduled in online or hybrid modalities with the remainder being offered F2F. All course instruction will be delivered in one of the following formats:

  1. NoContactCourseDelivery:Drawuponavailablelearningtechnologiestodeliver courses in 1) a fully online unscheduled (asynchronous) format or 2) a fully online format including scheduled (synchronous) course meetings.
  2. Low Contact Course Delivery: “Hybrid” course format combining asynchronous/synchronous online instruction with less frequent low contact face- to-face (F2F) instruction.
  3. In-Person Instruction: A limited number of F2F courses may be offered under specific conditions and with full adherence to CDC and campus guidelines. These F2F courses were permitted in order to meet external/specialized accreditation requirements, to provide instruction in fields and disciplines which are not deliverable in fully online modalities, and/or to address the special learning needs of student populations with lower rates of persistence, completion, or progression.

Classrooms in which F2F learning is scheduled to occur are being remapped with lower person count capacities and fixed furniture, and some include a designated/marked instructional “zone” from which faculty must teach. Additionally, students and faculty participating in the F2F settings shall be required to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing which may exceed the 6-foot CDC baseline.

Faculty Responsibility

Faculty teaching/conducting any in-person instruction agree to:

  1. Guide students to utilize provided cleaning supplies at the start and end of class as a supplement to enhanced cleaning to be conducted by Operations and Maintenance staff,
  2. Wear a face mask and/or face shield during all instructional activities and remind students of the requirement to do the same,
  3. Avoid the use of cell phones, sharing of books, materials, supplies, equipment, tools, etc. to the greatest extent possible,
  4. Uphold 6-foot (or more) social distancing guidelines,
  5. Teach from and remain in the marked/designated faculty instructional zone,
  6. Do not adjust or move classroom furniture, and,
  7. Take attendance during all face-to-face class meetings and report unusualabsences to the Dean of Academic Affairs.

Student Learning in the Era of COVID-19

Fall semester courses should focus on the achievement of designated course Student Learning Outcomes. In some cases, alternative pedagogies and/or different forms of assessment may best measure achievement of learning outcomes.

Faculty are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and build flexibility into their courses as a new wave of COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders or changes to campus operations could occur. Such occurrences could necessitate an immediate and sudden shift to remote delivery and/or modified course/campus operations.

Off-Campus Activities

Include field trips, internships, service learning, etc.

  • Employees should ensure students receive appropriate preparation and guidance regarding safety protocols for activities such as field trips, projects, teamwork, internships or clinical placements. In addition to normal safety procedures, guidance should include information about social distancing, face coverings, hand washing, bus/carpool protocol.
  • Students must sign waiver forms before attending any off-campus activities.

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